Years ago, a famous golfer was invited by the king of Saudi Arabia to play golf in a tournament. He accepted the invitation, and the king flew his private jet over to the United States to pick up the pro. They played golf for several days, and enjoyed a good time. As the golfer was... Continue Reading →
One of the Best Christmas Gifts by Patrick Carden
I posted this as a Facebook note in December 2009 after a trip to New York and thought I would post it to my blog and share it again. The Christmas Gift I Received in NY. by Patrick Carden on Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 6:54pm When I was planning my trip to New York,... Continue Reading →
Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner? by Patrick Carden
So many times Christians use phrases and justify them by saying “it’s in the Bible” or “scripture says” but a lot of these phrases really aren’t in scripture. The one that I really have a problem with is “hate the sin, love the sinner.” Nowhere in scripture will you find the idea of "hate the... Continue Reading →
Speak Softly and Love Loudly by Patrick Carden
Christians have an image problem. “The very word "Christianity" is a misunderstanding - in truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.” - Friedrich Nietzsche That’s a bold statement! But sadly, I think in some ways it’s true even though it is painful. And I don’t think Nietzsche is the only... Continue Reading →
Dream Big! by Patrick Carden
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]. Ephesians 3:20 (AMP) John Maxwell... Continue Reading →
Unconditional Love: A Love that Conquers All by Patrick Carden
People have a hard enough time figuring out what love is, and then there's unconditional love, which some will argue is the only kind of real love. According to Merriam-Webster, “unconditional” means not conditional or limited: absolute, unqualified. So it stands to reason that unconditional love means a love that is not conditional, not limited;... Continue Reading →
Should We Occupy?
Luke 19:13 (KJV) And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Other translations say; Do business - till I come. In other words, Jesus is saying to take what He has given us and put it to work. Engage in trade with what you... Continue Reading →
Do Others See Jesus in You? Really?
Growing up in a Southern Baptist church, the old hymn “Let Others See Jesus in You” was a standard. While this is a good song, I’m not sure that people realize what they are saying as they sing it. If Christians really believed and meant what was implied by this song, there would be no... Continue Reading →